Teachers are the pastors of the shrine of learning, christened in different names. Role of teachers at the school level, more than ever at the primary level is decisive for the simple reason that children of the age group of six to fourteen are more inclined to the unswerving influence of their teachers and admit anything preached by them as the gospel truth.
Teaching is but a route of relentless up-gradation of the art of imparting learning. Evidently, it is imperative that a teacher is supposed to have the inquisitiveness for the same which is sine qua non for ensuring quality in education. Of late, the prime importance concerning the quality aspect of education in the institutions of learning has become a global phenomenon since it is the lone mechanism that can transform human number into human resource. Since human resource has gained importance over material resource as agent of growth and development, emphasis is being given for the growth of human resource in the development agenda across the societies.
In view of ensuring quality more talent in the field of education is vital. Per se, the Government of India enacted Council for Teacher Education Act 1993 empowering to lay down the guidelines towards minimum qualifications for a person to be employed as teacher. In pursuance of its power the Council framed the National Council for Teacher Education (Determination of minimum qualifications for recruitment of teachers in school) Regulations 2001, prescribing certain criteria for a person to be employed as teacher. Subsequently the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has prescribed a uniform norm throughout the country regarding minimum qualifications for recruitment of teachers in school in its different notifications to ensure quality in education. The law of the land has also upheld the view that the right to life also includes right to have quality education.
Year 2009 is marked as a milestone in the history of education in India as on the 29th August of the said year Indian Parliament enacted the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, which came into effect from the 1st April, 2010. In accordance with the provisions of Sub-Section (I) of Section 23 of the RTE Act, 2009, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has laid down the minimum qualifications for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher in a school on being certified at the stipulated eligibility / selection test / tests conducted by the appropriate Government in accordance with the Guidelines framed by the National council for Teacher Education.
In this backdrop, the Government of Tripura has instituted Teachers’ Recruitment Board, Tripura (TRBT) vide, notification no. F.1.(1-50)–SE/E(NG)/2014, dated, 17.01.2015 with a view to ensuring selection of skilled persons for appointment of teachers at different levels of classes in the school education by conducting Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) or the like in accordance with NCTE prescribed norms.
The state of Tripura has achieved significant improvement in the field of education at different levels including professional and general courses. Besides, the state is heading towards achieving the goal of cent percent literacy in very near future. By itself, growth aspect of education in the state has been addressed in a grand way and the institution of TRBT will further address distinctly the quality aspect of education at the school level in the state.